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Kinsley: TV Election Night Coverage ‘Basically Fake’

Journalist Michael Kinsley, who co-hosted the CNN program “Crossfire” from 1989-1995, writes at Bloomberg View that TV election night coverage is “basically fake.” and that networks should be more honest with their viewers.

At issue is the exit polling data. Kinsley argues that by the time the first polls close, the networks and the AP have enough data to make calls in many states, but they decline to do so in order to not affect the vote. He indicates that when he worked at CNN, he was clued in to what was happening, but was not supposed to talk about it.

It’s easy to see why the TV networks don’t mind putting on a play if the suspense keeps people watching past 6:30 p.m. Especially when they get civic brownie points for doing so. And why is this so important? Maybe it’s not so very important — a writer needs some hobbyhorses, and this is one of mine. It amazes me that, with the encouragement of the government, not to mention an endless string of foundations and commissions and pompous individuals, some of the biggest players in the media business conspire to present a view of the world that they know to be false.

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Joe Scarborough to Write Opinion Column for Politico.com

Scarborough_9.9.jpgStarting next month, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Michael Kinsley, the founding editor of Slate.com, will become the first opinion columnists for Politico.

The news was announced on “Morning Joe” by Politico‘s executive editor Jim VandeHei. Politico writers and editors are frequent guests on Scarborough’s MSNBC show. VandeHei joked that Scarborough, “has a tremendous amount of self confidence and is committed to writing about obesity two times a month.”

Scarborough said what his column won’t be:

“I told Jim, if they are expecting a ‘from the right column,’ they won’t get a ‘from the right column’ from me, just like they won’t get a ‘from the left’ column from Michael Kinsley.”